Obama’s top two energy advisers on taxpayer-funded junkets to Tokyo, Paris

posted at 6:30 pm on March 31, 2012 by Rob Bluey

While many Americans were filling up their tanks with $4 gasoline this week, Energy Secretary Steven Chu was enjoying Major League Baseball’s opening game on a taxpayer-funded trip to Tokyo. Taxpayers were also footing the bill for Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson to spend a few days in Paris.

What are President Obama’s top two Cabinet-level energy advisers doing in Tokyo and Paris while the price of gas continues to climb?

At the very least, it’s bad optics. But for an administration that has consistently bungled energy issues — from restrictions on oil and gas drilling to the botched Solyndra loan — it’s yet another public-relations disaster.

The Washington Guardian’s John Solomon broke the story Friday after spotting this tweet from Chu spokesman Damien LaVera, who posted a photo from the Tokyo Dome on his official Energy Department account.

Chu attended Wednesday’s game between the Seattle Mariners and Oakland Athletics, which marked the start of the Major League Baseball season. He was in Asia for a weeklong trip, which included a stop in Seoul for a conference on nuclear security, also attended by Obama.

Jackson darted off to Paris earlier this week to “meet with environmental leaders from more than 40 nations to discuss the Agency’s international efforts on urban sustainability.” She was also talking about the upcoming Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development, which will be held in Brazil this June.

Neither was with Obama on Thursday when he railed against “Big Oil” during a Rose Garden speech. Obama was urging the Senate to end tax breaks for energy companies. The measure failed; four Democrats chose to ignore Obama’s plea.

The image of two globetrotting Cabinet officials gave Republicans ammunition to hammer the administration. Solomon reports:

The juxtaposition of the two Cabinet officers’ far-flung travel with the Obama administration’s populist appeals to Americans suffering through economic hard times and high gas prices wasn’t lost on the president’s Republican critics.

“With soaring gas prices here at home and hitting Americans’ pocketbooks every day, it seems that the last thing two of the administration’s top officials should be doing is using taxpayer dollars to jet to Tokyo and take in a baseball game or fly to Paris for a questionable environmental regulation conference,” Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, told the Washington Guardian.

“This travel, alongside the President’s Rose Garden news conference today calling on Congress to raise taxes on energy producers, shows an administration that is completely out-of-touch with the realities of working men and women who count on their cars and trucks to get to and from work,” he added.

This, of course, isn’t the first time a presidential administration has encountered an uncomfortable scenario. Solomon recalls “former President George W. Bush’s decision to remain on vacation when Hurricane Katrina struck, or the Interior Department employees’ infamous taxpayer-funded trip to Disney World in the mid-1990s, shortly after the government shut down during a budget standoff.”


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WHY is Chew Choo still in office?

KOOLAID2 on March 31, 2012 at 6:34 PM

Spend it while ya got it ‘cuz you ain’t gonna have it after January 2013.

Looking for new jobs on our dime.

coldwarrior on March 31, 2012 at 6:34 PM

But chu doesn’t have a car? That make things A OK! Taxpayers are seeing to it he has his junket aren’t we?
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letget on March 31, 2012 at 6:35 PM

Presents Parrot Press will be silent on this again.

KOOLAID2 on March 31, 2012 at 6:35 PM

For a five minute meeting?

KOOLAID2 on March 31, 2012 at 6:37 PM

GREEN LOGIC IS AN OXYMORORN!

Mutnodjmet on March 31, 2012 at 6:37 PM

They’re just imitating the boss.

RBMN on March 31, 2012 at 6:39 PM

They got the media in their pocket, why would they worry about optics?

Ukiah on March 31, 2012 at 6:39 PM

There ain’t no sushi like FRESH Tokyo sushi!

Roy Rogers on March 31, 2012 at 6:40 PM

Mega-Moochers.

Obama’s drones.

profitsbeard on March 31, 2012 at 6:40 PM

for a questionable environmental regulation conference,”

Urban sustainability is a Marxist pogrom.

SWalker on March 31, 2012 at 6:41 PM

WHY is Chew Choo still in office?

KOOLAID2 on March 31, 2012 at 6:34 PM

Because he is a good little Marxist.

SWalker on March 31, 2012 at 6:42 PM

Solomon recalls “former President George W. Bush’s decision to remain on vacation when Hurricane Katrina struck…”

Jeez, not this crap again. Bush was on “vacation” at his home in Crawford, Texas. Not Spain, not Hawaii, not Martha’s Vineyard. Not some random vacation rental, but his home. But no, you’re totally right, in the immediate aftermath of a massive hurricane, rather than stay put in his house which had been specifically built with the communication facilities needed to conduct presidential business, Bush should absolutely have burdened the Texas-Louisiana air traffic control grid and disrupted relief flights by dropping everything and flying out of the disaster area back to DC, so that he could be twice as far away from the rescue efforts. That definitely would have made sense.

Fabozz on March 31, 2012 at 6:44 PM

A-

SlaveDog on March 31, 2012 at 6:46 PM

O/T

Olbermann got canned. I love the sound of that. Olbermann got canned. HaHa

SparkPlug on March 31, 2012 at 6:48 PM

Make both of them WALK back!

GarandFan on March 31, 2012 at 6:49 PM

Meanwhile Moochelle, the First Water Buffalo, vacations with her two daughters in Las Vegas.

petefrt on March 31, 2012 at 6:54 PM

..or when the pinko slime obama didn’t suspend his campaign when the USA was going down the tubes?

Mr. Sun on March 31, 2012 at 6:58 PM

But chu doesn’t have a car?

letget on March 31, 2012 at 6:35 PM

But doesn’t his wife drive a high-end BMW??

oldleprechaun on March 31, 2012 at 6:58 PM

Secretary Chu to Join President Obama at Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul, Highlight Strong Partnership with Japan in Tokyo
March 23, 2012 – 3:31pm
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canopfor on March 31, 2012 at 7:02 PM

I wonder if they rented an entire Hotel floor,like OMama Obama
did in Spain!

canopfor on March 31, 2012 at 7:04 PM

Steven Chu
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http://www.facebook.com/stevenchu

canopfor on March 31, 2012 at 7:06 PM

Coal is my worst nightmare”

Steven Chu

Key West Reader on March 31, 2012 at 7:07 PM

Lisa P Jackson
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http://www.facebook.com/lisapjackson?v=wall

canopfor on March 31, 2012 at 7:09 PM

Did you know that Lisa Jackson was John Corzine’s Chief of Staff?

Well, she was.

Key West Reader on March 31, 2012 at 7:11 PM

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canopfor on March 31, 2012 at 7:12 PM

“Sustainable Development” is the next step in AGW evolution. God I fear the thought of these people having the White House for another 4 years.

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Seven Percent Solution on March 31, 2012 at 7:13 PM

And Mooochelle is in Vegas on an AF jet.

Dingbat63 on March 31, 2012 at 7:14 PM

His worst nightmare will be waking up on the morning of Nov 7th and realizing his current job is not tenured. He’ll realize this on his own because he has a phd.

Kissmygrits on March 31, 2012 at 7:14 PM

More on the Lisa Jackson and John Corzine relationship

Now if we could just figure out why that pesky $1B in investor dollars went “poof”, we’ll all be just fine.

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Key West Reader on March 31, 2012 at 7:15 PM

Moochelle also make a slight detour to Mt. Rushmore on the way to Vegas. She checked out the local ice cream and fudge shop among the tourist trap stores. Off to Vegas and then on to CA for some fund raising.

Kissmygrits on March 31, 2012 at 7:16 PM

OT: J Lin out for the season with knee surgery…

d1carter on March 31, 2012 at 7:19 PM

As they are prime architects of Our Cultural Revolution, Dear Leader has deemed them worthy of reward.

Your questioning of The Enlightened shall only lead to extended time in reflection at one our many Cultural Repurposing Collectives.

M240H on March 31, 2012 at 7:20 PM

Corzine’s former N.J. Sec Treas still serving Jackson in the Oministration

Jackson now directs the Environmental Protection Agency in the Obama administration, and Abelow, despite a full-time job at MF Global, is still serving alongside her. The former Goldman Sachs executive holds the title of chairman for EPA’s Environmental Financial Advisory Board. Even though MF Global is embroiled in a major scandal and under federal investigation, the EPA still lists Abelow on its website as the head of the 27-member board.

…..

Key West Reader on March 31, 2012 at 7:24 PM

we must all pay our fair share towards rewarding the devoted servants of Dear Leader’s court.

mittens on March 31, 2012 at 7:26 PM

OT: J Lin out for the season with knee surgery…

d1carter on March 31, 2012 at 7:19 PM

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canopfor on March 31, 2012 at 7:26 PM

I’m going to be that neither Chu nor Jackson used wind, solar, or good old elbow grease to get across the ponds. They need to set examples!!

KenInIL on March 31, 2012 at 7:31 PM

we must all pay our fair share towards rewarding the devoted servants of Dear Leader’s court.

mittens on March 31, 2012 at 7:26 PM

It’s only fair.

petefrt on March 31, 2012 at 7:31 PM

The former Goldman Sachs executive holds the title of chairman for EPA’s Environmental Financial Advisory Board. Even though MF Global is embroiled in a major scandal and under federal investigation, the EPA still lists Abelow on its website as the head of the 27-member board.

…..

Now, let’s link them to Solyndra.

Check. Mate.

Key West Reader on March 31, 2012 at 7:32 PM

I’ve never met one person who believed in anthropogenic global warming. I’ve met many who say they do but then they say, “well, see ya, I gotta go to work at the mill” and drive off in their car….maybe a gas hog or maybe a Prius…don’t matter because its all relative…either way they are contributing to global warming. If they truly believed that humans were responsible for global warming and that global warming was going to cause the destruction of the earth, they would be so frightened that they would never ever start another internal combustion engine, flip another light switch or fire up the wood stove again. The excuse that they have to provide for their kids or whatever is a lot of malarkey….nothing could compete with your belief in the destruction of the Earth. That being said, I do believe the Earth is warming and I believe that humans contribute to the warming. But, i’m like everyone else, including Chu and Jackson. I don’t believe that anything I do is going to prevent global warming so why not enjoy the weather.

tractah on March 31, 2012 at 7:32 PM

Watch for the links above to come out on Drudge on or about Wednesday of next week.

Key West Reader on March 31, 2012 at 7:33 PM

Just out of curiosity, what powered the aircraft they used to get to both of those destinations? Solar? Wind? Algae? Did they row? Just curious.

mouell on March 31, 2012 at 7:36 PM

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canopfor on March 31, 2012 at 7:50 PM

Chu (AKA Grasshopper)

…..Man, is flying fun or what?

try again later on March 31, 2012 at 7:54 PM

Ever since I learned that Chu doesn’t drive, he’s become my least favorite Obama administration after Holder. I think Chu is an elitist a**hole.

BuckeyeSam on March 31, 2012 at 7:56 PM

Life is good. Hawaii or Mexico for the trifecta?

CW on March 31, 2012 at 7:57 PM

Moochelle also make a slight detour to Mt. Rushmore on the way to Vegas. She checked out the local ice cream and fudge shop among the tourist trap stores. Off to Vegas and then on to CA for some fund raising.

Kissmygrits on March 31, 2012 at 7:16 PM

Little Bammie didn’t believe that there wasn’t room on Rushmore to add himself, so Bammie sent Moochie there to check it out personally.

slickwillie2001 on March 31, 2012 at 8:01 PM

You notice that these people who ‘want to save the world’ never meet in places like East Podunk or Lower Slobovia. It always has to be in the big shiny cities where the elite meet to eat and be entertained.

LegendHasIt on March 31, 2012 at 8:03 PM

Little Bammie didn’t believe that there wasn’t room on Rushmore to add himself, so Bammie sent Moochie there to check it out personally.

slickwillie2001 on March 31, 2012 at 8:01 PM

I’m not so sure an assclown would fit on Mount Rushmore.

Think of the fracking that would have to go on to fit the ears on the assclown of the Century.

Key West Reader on March 31, 2012 at 8:12 PM

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canopfor on March 31, 2012 at 8:13 PM

No one worry. A Carbon Footprint report was done before the trip. Chu decided that closing down another coal planet will offset his flight, thus everything is fine. Things are working out great for him !

Ragnar Danneskold on March 31, 2012 at 8:47 PM

I can’t believe this site is seriously criticizing people for traveling as a part of their job. Chu was in Asia to promote partnerships over nuclear energy, something people on this site claim to support. But whatever, Obama bad!

Typhonsentra on March 31, 2012 at 8:52 PM

Have these people never heard of web-conferencing??

Sasha List on March 31, 2012 at 8:59 PM

Typhonsentra on March 31, 2012 at 8:52 PM

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I bet you are not quite as fair when a GOPer is the President.

But yes let us not keep an eye on such travel. Let us just believe it is legitimate without question. That sounds likes a winner.

Oh and it was not liked the writer of the post was really all that damning. Save me the faux outrage.

CW on March 31, 2012 at 9:01 PM

Have these people never heard of web-conferencing??

Sasha List on March 31, 2012 at 8:59 PM

I have always wondered the same.

CW on March 31, 2012 at 9:02 PM

I can’t believe this site is seriously criticizing people for traveling as a part of their job.

Carbon footprint of a conference call: 0.
Chu can claim that global warming is a crisis demanding a complete restructuring of our economy, or he can gallivant around the globe. He doesn’t get to do both.

Fabozz on March 31, 2012 at 9:03 PM

It is gratifying to know you are surrounded by Obama and his gang of thieves. Teh sale of legislation should be frowned on but is a thriving business.

Buffett buys and Obama sells – GE buys and Obama sells.

WE, the people are the losers in this game of Chicago Flim Flam

Obamatrix on March 31, 2012 at 9:11 PM

If America had even an ounce of self-respect left, this administration would end with two Nobel Laureates in jail, where they belong.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on March 31, 2012 at 9:23 PM

What about the junkets to Mexico and Vegas? Or the other ump-teen, the Firsts have been on. We should count those too, since most folk get one per year . . . at most . . . if they get one at all . . . on their own dime.

Sorry, I guess that not a junket.

EdmundBurke247 on March 31, 2012 at 9:56 PM

OK…what is a conference on “urban sustainability” about exactly?

johnboy on March 31, 2012 at 11:38 PM

Chu Chu wants us peasants to use bicycles.

AshleyTKing on April 1, 2012 at 1:17 AM

Why does this guy even have a spokesman? Can’t he speak for himself? Energy Secretary. What a frikkin joke.

tbear44 on April 1, 2012 at 2:16 AM

I am at the airport in Tokyo and didn’t see him.

I know he wants to see me or any of us here on the other side of the planet.

They just changed my gate. Gotta go.

IlikedAUH2O on April 1, 2012 at 5:53 AM

Hope they know where their suitcases are located, as they both will be packing soon. New sheriff coming to town soon. Obamas will be heading back to Chicago.

Amazingoly on April 1, 2012 at 7:30 AM

Obama’s top two energy advisers on taxpayer-funded junkets to Tokyo, Paris

THE WORD HAS GONE OUT

Opportunities to rob the taxpayers in order to take care of, and pamper, good ol’#1, with first class benefits (all at taxpayers expense) may be coming to an end. This graft and corrupt activity can’t be done too close to the election, and after the election it looks bleak for any further bureaucratic looting opportunities. Mr. Romney likely won’t approve of it. :(

BigSven on April 1, 2012 at 8:01 AM

Ichiro at the Tokyo Dome. Never seen than many flashbulbs.

Flashbulbs? Seriously? These guys are running energy policy?

Flashbulbs?

Tokyo Dome opened in 1988. I doubt it’s ever seen a flashbulb.

Stephen Macklin on April 1, 2012 at 8:25 AM

The affirmative action administration continues to (under)achieve at the expected level – sewer.

Jaibones on April 1, 2012 at 8:43 AM

Tired of the bad remarks about Chow. He has a Nobel prize and they don’t give those away to just anyone! /s

Dingbat63 on April 1, 2012 at 8:57 AM

Yeah. Bad optics for these two to be traveling instead of video-conferencing. But I’ve got a bigger question.

WTF is Major League Baseball doing opening the start of the 2012 baseball season in Tokyo? I can remember when the first game of the season always had the Cincinnati Reds playing.

Mitoch55 on April 1, 2012 at 10:30 AM

Tired of the bad remarks about Chow. He has a Nobel prize and they don’t give those away to just anyone! /s

That’s right! Like, Paul Krugman and The Won.

ugottabekiddingme on April 1, 2012 at 3:19 PM

Someone should smack chew when chew come back on your Chinese junk!

Sherman1864 on April 1, 2012 at 3:36 PM

If Chu and Jackson want to drive their cars to Tokyo and Paris I’ll gladly buy each a Volt (and pay the salvage fees).

MaiDee on April 1, 2012 at 5:12 PM